Sydney Writers' Festival at Port Stephens Libraries


Join us for the Sydney Writers' Festival, live streaming over 3 days from Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Libraries. Enjoy fascinating discussions from acclaimed international writers who are taking part in the Festival.

Bookings are essential. Contact us to secure your place.
Raymond Terrace 4988 0111 | Tomaree 4988 0670

Thursday 23 May

Julia Baird: Bright Shining
10 to 11am
AUSLAN interpreted session.

Hear from broadcaster and Phosphorescence author Julia Baird, whose latest book, Bright Shining, is an exploration of that most mysterious but necessary human quality: grace. Hosted by Jacqueline Maley.

Viet Thahn Ngyen: A Man of Two Faces
Midday to 1pm

Hear celebrated author Viet Thahn Ngyen, hailed as ‘a conscience of American literature” (The New Yorker), discuss his new work with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law.

Suzie Miller: Prima Facie
2 to 3pm

Lawyer turned Olivier Award-winning playwright Suzie Miller discusses novelising her theatrical triumph that tackles sexual assault. In conversation with Nicole Abedee.

Julian Borger: I Seek a Kind Person
4 to 5pm

An extraordinary 1938 personal advertisement that started Julian Borger’s quest into his father’s past and the story of Holocaust survival. With Micaela Kalowski.

Friday 24 May

A.C. Grayling: The Meaning of Life in a Technological Age
10 to 11am

How can we pursue answers to life’s big questions in an increasingly unstable technological age? Join pre-eminent philosopher A.C. Grayling for this special talk.

The War on Journalists
Midday to 1pm

With conflict continuing in Ukraine, and the death toll of journalists in Gaza reaching alarming proportions, we look at the role of journalists in war. Featuring Julian Borger, John Lyons, Alisa Sopova and Anastasia Taylor-Lind. Hosted by Hamish Macdonald.

Abdulrazak Gurhan: Afterlives
2 to 3pm

Join acclaimed writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose 10th novel explores displacement, loss and love during and after German occupation of East Africa. With Sisonke Msimang.

Feminist Firebrands
4 to 5pm

Four waves in, the feminist fight for gender equality is far from over. Writers and activists Hannah Ferguson, Sisonke Msimang and Jennifer Robinson discuss the most pressing issues facing women today with host Jo Dyer.

Saturday 25 May

Celeste Ng: Our Missing Hearts
10 to 11am

New York Times bestselling author Celeste Ng, whose smash hit Little Fires Everywhere was adapted into a miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon, discusses her new dystopian novel with Claire Nichols.

Trent Dalton: From Eli to Lola
Midday to 1pm
AUSLAN interpreted session.
Trent Dalton, award-winning author of Boy Swallows Universe (now a hit Netflix series) returns with Lola in the Mirror – in conversation with Cassie McCullagh.